Pat Bradley

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USA Luge has decided to keep its headquarters in Lake Placid for at least the next five years after the state of New York pledged $6 million to upgrade facilities and market the sport.

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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking to find and eliminate potential sources of water pollution in the White River watershed.

Plattsburgh City Police and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control are continuing their investigation into an early Sunday fire at a multi-story brick apartment building that killed two men and left a woman with serious injuries.


Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that mandates public and private health insurance providers include coverage for contraceptives.

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New Hampshire is a big step closer to securing its $236 million judgment against Exxon Mobil to clean up contaminated groundwater with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to  hear Exxon's appeal regarding its use of the gasoline additive MTBE.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is giving Vermont $800,000 in grants to clean up and redevelop old industrial sites.

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With Senator Bernie Sanders making a run at the White House and Governor Peter Shumlin not seeking another term, it’s been one of the busiest years yet in Green Mountain politics. This weekend, Vermont Republicans and Democrats will gather for their state party conventions.

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New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced her retirement last week after a 41-year political career. The Republican from the 115th district served 10 years as a Clinton County legislator and 21 years as the county treasurer before being elected to the Assembly in 2006.  She explains how she first entered politics four decades ago.

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A new state report finds that Vermont continues to lead the nation in per capita clean energy jobs.

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Presidential primary debates could still resonate as Vermont Republicans and Democrats gather this weekend for their state party conventions.

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Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finalized the largest Adirondack land acquisition by the state in 100 years.  The Boreas Ponds property must now be classified by the Adirondack Park Agency.  As the governor signed the documents,  a coalition of environmental groups released a report that finds lands designated wilderness are an economic driver for the Park.  But critics say the report is too limited and does not assess the variety of factors that affect the region’s economy. 

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Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith entered the race for governor last August.  But the Democrat withdrew in November after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Yesterday, Smith announced he will seek the Lieutenant Governor’s seat instead.

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NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved a plan by the Departments of Conservation and Transportation to create a rail and trail corridor between Remsen and Lake Placid. But the plan remains controversial. Trail advocates praise the move, but there’s rancor from those who want the 119-mile rail corridor in the Adirondacks preserved.

Last Thursday, North Country state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced that she would retire after representing her district for 10 years. On Monday, a fellow Republican from Franklin County stepped up to run for the seat.

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Clinton Community College

Business, education and community officials gathered at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh this afternoon to break ground on a new Institute of Advanced Manufacturing facility.

A small college in Burlington will close.  The announcement Monday comes after the school struggled for years to repay debt incurred after it bought land, lost its line of credit and faced losing accreditation.

Last week New York 115th District Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced she would retire at the end of her term.  The Franklin County sheriff announced Monday that he will run for the seat.

Prosecutors say the former finance director for a nonprofit group dedicated to ending hunger in Vermont has pleaded guilty to embezzling about $165,000 from the organization.

A tiny Vermont college that has faced financial troubles since it was headed by the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has announced it is closing.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a new system of warning lights for wind turbines in Lowell, Vermont.

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School administrators in Vermont have apologized for holding a girls-only assembly in which female teachers addressed dress code violations.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
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New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced her retirement Thursday morning after a 41-year political career, the last 10 in the Assembly. 

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
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The North Country’s long-serving assemblywoman announced this morning that she will not seek reelection.

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Vermont's solid waste districts are trying to grapple with a downturn in prices for recycled materials just as they face new demands from the state's law requiring universal recycling.

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After a series of stinging defeats, supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Vermont say there are still some positive signs.

The Vermont Health Department is offering more blood test clinics for Bennington residents who have been exposed to a potentially cancer causing chemical in their drinking water.

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Plattsburgh Democrats have endorsed a SUNY Plattsburgh economist as their mayoral candidate, even though his current primary residence is outside the city.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an agreement Tuesday finalizing the purchase of 69,000 acres of land that will be added to the Adirondack forest preserve.

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New York's highest court has declined to rule on whether paddlers have a right to navigate a narrow stream on private land adjacent to a state-owned Adirondack wilderness area popular with canoeists.

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The Chittenden County prosecutor's office has ruled that a Burlington police officer's fatal shooting of a knife-wielding mentally ill man was justified.